Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.) says the Democrat leadership has been trying to buy him off. Unlike Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, however, Stupak is definitely not for sale:

This shouldn’t be a bill where you use hush money … This isn’t an appropriations bill where you try to get the best projects for your state … We need to cut out those sweetheart deals.

Stupak’s main concern about Obamacare is the desire of the Democrat congressional leadership and the White House to have a provision allowing federal funding for abortions.

He was able to kill that effort in the House, and he says he’ll never support a bill that contains the Senate language Nelson accepted in what has become known as the “Nebraska Compromise.”

There cannot be, in any way, public funding for abortion … What the Nelson compromise does is recognize abortion for the first time as a benefit in a federal health plan. It mandates that at least one plan has abortion coverage. Those are drastic changes to the current law.

Stupak is, predictably, getting a lot of pressure from the White House as well. They badly want to shut him up about the abortion-funding provision in the Senate “reform” bill:

They think I shouldn’t be expressing my views until they get a chance to sell me the language … Well, I don’t need anyone to sell me the language. I can read it. I’ve seen it.

If Diogenes were alive today, and looking for that elusive honest man, Washington would not be a promising place to search. Nonetheless, it may well be that Bart Stupak is his guy.

Comments 2

  1. mj loehrer wrote:

    I have faith in Mr. Stupak but until the vote is taken the lingering thought will be, “He’s still a Democrat”. Dumb me. I thought Nelson had integrity. Does the saying from Reagan, :trust but verify” apply?

    Posted 24 Dec 2009 at 2:53 pm
  2. Harvey wrote:

    It doesn’t make any difference what they say. As long as Obama, Reid and Pelosi have the power, they are going to force these stooges in line. Every one of our “representatives,” with the exception of a very few, would sell their souls to stay in office.

    Posted 02 Jan 2010 at 6:37 am

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